Louisville vs. Cleveland State - 11/26/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland State Vikings (2-2) at Louisville Cardinals (4-0)
College Basketball: Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 7:00 pm (KFC Yum! Center)
The Line: Louisville Cardinals -22 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland State Vikings and Louisville Cardinals play Wednesday night at the KFC Yum! Center.
The Cleveland State Vikings have split their first four games and will play back-to-back road games. On the season, Cleveland State is averaging 72 points on 44 percent shooting and is allowing 70.3 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Trey Lewis leads Cleveland State with 16 points and four assists while Anton Grady is averaging 13.8 points and 6.8 rebounds. Marlin Mason is shooting 67.9 percent from the field and Andre Yates is averaging 10.3 points as the Vikings fourth-leading scorer. Cleveland State has shown to have a deep offensive team with five players averaging at least eight points and shooting 75.6 percent from the free throw line. However, the Cleveland State Vikings lack of size will likely hurt them in this matchup, as they’re averaging just 34.3 rebounds per game.
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The Louisville Cardinals remain undefeated and will play their third straight home game. On the season, Louisville is averaging 85.2 points on 45.8 percent shooting and is allowing 50 points on 31.4 percent shooting. Montrezl Harrell leads Louisville with 18 points and 7.8 rebounds while Terry Rozier is averaging 14.8 points on 52.4 percent shooting. Chris Jones leads the Cardinals with 3.5 assists and Wayne Blackshear is Louisville's fourth player to average double-digit points. The Louisville Cardinals continue to get the job done defensively, averaging 13 steals per game and allowing just a combined 93 points in their last two games. Louisville's offense is also clicking early on and the Cards are fifth in the country with an average of 49.5 rebounds per contest.
The Vikings are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 non-conference games and 19-8-1 ATS in their last 28 games overall. The Cardinals are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 non-conference games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
This is too many points to pass up with a decent Celveland State team that shoots a high percentage from everywhere on the court. The Vikings are going to put points on the board and getting a free 22 points on top of that sounds like a good bet to me.